NYC Honorary Street Names

"V" Honorary Streets: Manhattan

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V.A. Hospital Way (Manhattan)
Present name:First Avenue
Location:between East 23rd Street and East 25th Street
Honoree: The Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital is a 166-bed center affiliated with the New York University Medical Center. It is the home of all VA cardiac and neurosurgical care in the New York area.
Valerie M. Orridge, R.N. Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of 139th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard
Honoree: Valerie Marie Orridge (1932-2017), a registered nurse for 50 years, was born in Harlem Hospital in 1932 and was trained at the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. She went on to earn a B.S. Degree in Nursing Education from Teachers College and a Masters Degree in Human Sexuality and Family Life from N.Y.U. In addition to working as a registered nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, Ms. Orridge taught Sex Education to the special needs' clients of the Harlem Hospital Department of Psychiatry. A resident of Delano Village/Savoy Park for 50 years, she was a tenant organizer and the President of its Tenant Association for over 35 years. She taught generations of Harlem residents to fight for their rights. Ms. Orridge sat on the Board of Directors of the School Committee at the Cathedral School of Saint John The Divine, and was the Chair of the school's Minority Interests Committee from 1976-1980. A Certified Sex Educator, she taught human sexuality to the mentally challenged at Harlem House, a part of Harlem Hospital. For more than ten years, she voluntarily provided sexuality education to the members/ patients of Harlem Clubhouse, an outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation program based on the Fountain House model. She developed innovative methods to educate, inform and guide patients/ members at Harlem Hospital Residency Training and Education Program, where she taught the importance of recognizing human sexuality among the mentally ill and embracing strategies for addressing their needs. Valerie M. Orridge was the Registered Nurse for the A. Philip Randolph Senior Citizen Center until her death. (Perkins)
Veterans Way (Manhattan)
Present name:First Avenue
Location:between East 23rd Street and East 25th Street
Honoree: Manhattan's V.A. hospital is affiliated with the New York University Medical Center and is the home of all of the administration's cardiac and neurosurgical care in the metropolitan region. It is regarded by medical experts as a star in the nation's constellation of veterans' hospitals.
Victor Victor Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 176th Street and Fort Washington Avenue
Honoree: Victor José Victor Rojas (1948-2020) was born in Santiago de los Caballeros. His professional life began in 1972, with the authorship of La Casita (The Little House), which he sang with Wilfrido Vargas. It launched his career as a performer and composer. In the 1970s, his dissatisfaction with domestic politics and economic policies in the Dominican Republic inspired him to write songs with social and political content. He also took part in the movement opposed to the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and he began to write protest songs. He founded and led the group Nueva Fortuna, and in 1978, he created the group Flamboyán. For five years he shared the stage with the most important figures of the Latin American song and performed in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Cuba, the United States and Italy. Victor Victor studied the musical roots of merengue and bachata, recreated the genre and enriched it. Successes such as “Mesita de noche”, “Ando buscando un amor” y “Así es mi amor” have been performed by leading Dominican and foreign vocalists. In 1990, he released his fourth album, entitled “Un chin de veneno”, which was an international success. It succesfully fuses Caribbean rhythms in a new style. Victor Victor has to his credit the long-running albums entitled “Álbum rojo”, “Flamboyan”, “Con sus flores y sus vainas”, “Cotidiano”, “Artistas por la paz”, “Inspiraciones”, “Tu corazón” y “Alma de Barrio”. In 2007, he recorded the social-themed album “Verde y negro” as a tribute to the freedom fighters of the Dominican Republic. Victor died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Santo Domingo at age 71. He remains a beloved and influential artist for hundreds of thousands of Dominicans in New York City. (Rodriguez)
Victor Wald Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 81st Street
Location:Between Broadway and West End Avenue
Honoree: Victor Wald (b. 1951) worked at Avalon Partners in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Vinegar Hill Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of West 135th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Vinegar Hill, along Amsterdam Avenue from 131st Street to 135th Streets was a mix of people with a strong sense of community. In World War II it created the monthly Vinegar Hill Gazette, to report on its men and women in uniform. The community lost 30 members during World War II, who are still remembered today.
Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of 116th Street and Lexington Avenue
Honoree: The Lucky Corner is at the intersection of East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, a site that represented both a crossroads and a borderline. Here was a stop for East Harlems sole subway line, and for crosstown as well as north-south buses. In the early 20th century Lexington Avenue was the informal border between Italian Harlem--Americas largest Little Italyand Jewish East Harlem, which was gradually replaced by El Barrio, the largest Puerto Rican community in the United States. Also, East 116th Street is East Harlems major shopping street. Closer to the East River it served as Italian Harlems corso, the street where the doctors, dentists, and political leaders lived. From 1924 until the 1960s, the Lucky Corner was the site of Election Eve rallies. The first took place in 1924 when Vito Marcantonio introduced Fiorello La Guardia, who was running for his second Congressional term from the East Harlem district. (Ayala)

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